1326 Park Road, NW via DC Fire and EMS ‏(@dcfireems)

Hoping for a speedy recovery of injured firefighter!

One of the “hidden” great outdoor dining options in Columbia Heights.



A reader reports (thanks to all who sent emails):

“Heard lots of sirens around 6:30am and just walked down Columbia Rd and saw this. Counted at least 5 fire trucks and 2 ambulances plus some smaller emergency vehicles. It’s the building [El Rincon Espanol, 1826 Columbia Rd, NW] across from mintwood/perry’s and next to sun trust. Hard to tell what’s going on, I didn’t see or smell any smoke and the scene seemed pretty calm and under control.”

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Photo by Leslie Hayward

Leslie writes at 10:30pm:

“One of the houses on the corner of 17th and Lamont went up in flames this evening. Dc fire department arrived very quickly, still working to put it out. Word on the street is that everyone was evacuated.”

DC Fire & EMS reported:

“Lamont St fire dispatched 10:15pm. We prevented fire spread to attached homes both sides. 6 displaced residents. Cause under investigation.”

“Aggressive interior attack in progress on Lamont St NW. Some fire now present in roof area. No injuries at present

Working fire 1700 blk Lamont St NW. Heavy fire rear 3 story row dwellings

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Photo by Lexey Swall

Fortunately no injuries.


A reader sends the frightening shot above from Holmead and Monroe St, NW.

DC Fire and EMS reported just after 9pm:

“5 civs in auto tx area Hosps. 2 were trapped. 4 FF’s will be evaluated. Engine Was enroute to reported fire.”

“Fire truck accident with entrapment Holmead Place & Monroe St NW. No FD personnel trapped. 2 civilians in other vehicle. Unit was on call.”

via DC Fire and EMS

DC Fire and EMS reported last night:

“Major underground transformer fire 18th & L St NW threatening office building. Checking adjacent structures.”

“The transformer vault fire on L St. was extinguished and left with Pepco at approximately 2:30 AM. Our units have left scene.”

Alert DC reported as of 7:30am:

“MPD reports the intersection of 18th St NW and L St NW remains closed at this time. Updates will follow.”

A reader passes on from a nearby office building:

“Due to a PEPCO transformer fire in the K Street neighborhood, the 1801K Street building is out of power, and the property manager has closed the building until power can be restored. This outage has also resulted in lost power to the 1825 I Street part of the International Square building….

The 1850 K Street tower and the 1875 I Street towers of International Square remain open, but parking is limited and only available from the K Street entrance.

The landlords of the 1801 K Street and 1825 I Street buildings have informed us that employees should prepare for a multiple-day event. Employees should not enter the building to obtain computers and other belongings under any circumstance.”

another reader unaware of the fire notes:

“What’s up in the 1800 block of I st NW? Starbucks and pret are closed with no lights–a lot of people going hungry this morning!”

Update from the Golden Triangle BID:

More than 14 large downtown office buildings have been affected by power outages resulting from last night’s transformer fire at 18th and L Streets NW, according to the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). This totals more than 4.5 million square feet of office and retail space, and affects more than 12,000 workers. Pepco has been on the scene all day. (more…)